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Writers in the Schools

From Small and Quiet to Mind-Boggling Wonders

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19 minutes

two neighborhoods

From Lanier Middle School to Lanier Middle School

There are worlds accessible—whether by trap door or rabbit hole—only to the young. These recordings by Lanier Middle School students remind us of this. You can bet the Houston you’ll find here is one you’ve failed to notice.

These two seventh graders mapped their neighborhoods as part of a Spring 2012 Writers in the Schools residency. They plotted not only streets and local landmarks but personal memories as well. Most of us are unable to enter these worlds on our own—adult concerns and responsibilities bar our entrance. Fortunately, we have these young storytellers to serve as our guides and to remind us, as poets and children will, to notice.

Sara Cooper

This is a sampling of recordings featuring "The Small, Quiet Neighborhood" by Yuling and "The Mind-Boggling Wonders of a Trip Through a Neighborhood" by Veean. They are seventh grade students at Lanier Middle School taught by WITS writer in residence Sara Cooper.